The Cell & Molecular Biology major prepares students for research oriented careers in this exciting area of science. Emphasis throughout the curriculum is placed on genes and the integrative complexity of the cell. Students will gain an appreciation of how fearfully and wonderfully made we are as they study the details at the molecular level. Freshman and sophomore courses are designed to provide a solid foundation in biology and chemistry as well as basic laboratory skills and safety. In the upper level courses, students use state of the art equipment techniques such as PCR amplification of DNA, protein electrophoresis, column chromatography isolation techniques, characterization of fatty acids and lipids, genetic engineering of mutant bacteria strains and generation of vaccines. Upper level students also engage in team based research projects to simulate the interdisciplinary approach in modern science. Successful students have gone on to Ph.D. programs, medical school or laboratory employment.